Do any of y'all August-prune your cherries?

meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevationAugust 26, 2013

I'm pretty new to most orchard fruits, and I'm still in the first years of my trees. The cherries only went in this past spring :)

I read that August pruning might be good to avoid disease in cherries. My springs here are the worst time for disease, so it sounds like it might be a good idea.

Thoughts?

I do want to promote growth, too, because I'm still trying to get a good tree structure going. It looks like this year they mainly got their roots settled in and didn't grow very much yet. They look healthy, just not doing a whole lot yet. Would spring pruning encourage more growth than pruning now?

I have a sweet cherry, a semi-sweet (standards), and then a Carmine Jewel.

The Carmine Jewel is doing great here (even in the heat) except for some sunburnt leaves at first! I'm not worried about pruning that little guy yet, but I thought I'd tell y'all he looks happy even this far south :)

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

All pruning is dwarfing to some extent. Summer more so than dormant. So pruning at this point would be for tree structure. If you want more branching on cherry head it back next spring. Otherwise train the branches where you want them.

There are more complicated cherry pruning systems. Some very complicated. If you want that you need to read professional instructions. Some of it makes my head spin. But I've grown good cherries without much fuss.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 11:33PM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

I would not prune now, August 1st sure, but now I would be worried about weak growth and the coming winter. I'm a little north of you though. Summer pruning makes a lot of sense, mostly because of fugal diseases. In spring make sure you spray copper after prunning. Both really need to be done. I prune for size in the summer. Structure in the spring.

This post was edited by Drew51 on Tue, Aug 27, 13 at 0:08

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 12:06AM
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ltilton

I prune in July, after picking, to head back branches that are growing out of my reach.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 8:36AM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

Thanks, y'all! I'll just do the recommended sprays and leave the pruning till after winter. There's not a lot of it to be done on them anyway. I took a good look at them, and they won't need a lot then.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 11:56PM
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